June 12, 2007


Snarkasm

I am quite snarky by nature, which, by and large, goes over okay in person. Don't get me wrong - there are many who find me quite detestable, but at least I know it's because they genuinely don't like me, not because I've been misunderstood.

When email entered the equation some years back, things got more difficult. With an absence of 'tone' in letters, only the people I'd known forever could be trusted with the Full Lorraine. And even then, there were the occasional chilly phone calls. I really hate those little smiley faces and winky things, and I type too fast to be bothered trying to decorate my words. I should probably just include an all inclusive disclaimer that states "unless otherwise noted, I'm probably trying to be funny".

I was hauled on the carpet by one viewer of a show I was on once who seriously believed I was going to move and sell my house and not tell my children where I lived to escape from them. They are 12 and 15. I may be cruel, and sometimes I am unusual, but I believe by law I can't do this until they are 18.

If people read only one or two of my columns, instead of becoming instantly devoted and hanging on my every published word, they often cherry-pick my stance on some topic and call me names. Sometimes very mean names. To them I offer a heaping cup of context - like many, I am moody. Read more than one, no matter how painful, or perhaps even several. This will enable you to parse a writer's politics and positions on things that matter to them. Then, and only then, can you call them names.

Here's a link
to a very funny bit from Australia. A writer is explaining how television ratings are determined. He explains the evolution of the science, and how it now is managed by miniature cameras now put into every set sold since 2001, recording everything that takes place in front of the television screen. My favourite line is how they sell some of this footage to premium subscribers.

But laugh harder - read the comments.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Duane said...

So goes the problem with being "public". I spent years in the customer service industry and when you deal with people regularly you realize just how stupid people really are. I'm always amazed at how childish people can be when responding to something they've read or watched on TV, God forbid they articulate an argument and have a discussion. Nope, just call the person names cause that's how we dealt with things on the playground as kids. That and punching them. Since it worked so well then why not now? Age and maturity be damned! Personally, I really enjoy your take on things, its refreshingly real. While the rest of the sheeple plays the PC game and pretends we're a better society because of it, a few of us are saying it like it is. I don't always get to see Live@5:30 or its repeat at 11:30 due to my schedule, but I always look forward to your appearances there and your site is a daily stop. In fact, Live is where i found out about your site. Keep up the good work Lorraine.

June 12, 2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger Omemee Ozzie said...

Love the term "sheeple"!
Years ago my wife worked for a large financial printing company and often complained about people following orders, etc. blindly; I ultimately coined the word "shlemmings" -- a term that made it into that corporation's internal lexicon!

Pleasure reading your work, Lorraine.

June 13, 2007 9:00 AM  

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